Alfie Brown is one of the most thought provoking and captivating stand-up comedians of our generation. Alfie is like marmite. You either love him or hate him and one of Edinburgh’s most acclaimed critics isn’t a fan, previously describing Alfie as ‘egotistical’ and ‘irritating’. Alfie isn’t egotistical at all; in fact he is just the opposite, as he isn’t out on stage to impress you. Instead he delivers an hour’s worth of brutally honest and cutting edge comedy.
The Revolting Youth speaks of the disenchanted youth of today. Brown highlights that we live in a Facebook generation, obsessed with spewing out every single thought and emotion all over the Internet in the form of a tweet or a Facebook status that is followed by an upside down smiley face. Alfie’s show isn’t just intelligent but also utterly hilarious- his impression of Michael McIntyre had the audience chuckling for minutes on end.
If you’re a little sensitive to talk about sex and swearing then I’d recommend you give this show a miss, as you may be enthusiastically insulted, or told the shocking reality that one day you will die. Three people walked out towards the end of the show, as Alfie started telling a story involving, to put it politely: ‘a certain sex toy’. Although Alfie clearly didn’t care, adding that it was his record so far at this year’s Fringe, the show’s energy dropped for the last ten minutes and Alfie started waffling a bit as his show over-ran.
The Revolting Youth is well worth a visit as it will make you see life through Alfie’s eyes. Alfie Brown’s quick wit and outlook on society will leave you wanting to know more about this enigmatic character.